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What is a Bank Holiday?
The terms 'public holiday' and 'bank holiday' are often confused. A bank holiday will be referred to as a public holiday and vice versa, despite it being incorrect.
Bank holidays are recognised in the Bank Holiday Act 1871 as holidays when banks and many other businesses are closed for the day.
Public holidays are holidays that have been observed through common law and Royal proclamation, i.e Christmas Day and Good Friday. These days are not recognised in the Bank Holiday Act 1871.
If a bank holiday is on a weekend, a substitute weekday becomes a bank holiday, normally the following Monday.
Its January, the last few needles from the Christmas tree have been hoovered up, New Years Resolutions are well underway, (or if were honest, have fallen by the wayside,) so now what? Youre back at work wondering when the next bank holiday is.
Its fair to say, youre not alone. Its only natural to look forward to the next bank holiday, especially as bank holiday weekends generally bring some form of celebration. Events are held, people head out and about and theyre a great excuse for people to jet off on holiday.
With over 40 national holidays in the UK calendar theres never too long to wait before the next celebration.
Steeped with history and tradition, Easter weekend is a well-celebrated holiday in the UK. With many of us enjoying Good Friday and Easter Monday off, its one of the busiest times for UK holidaymakers, roads are inevitably busy. A whopping 18 million Brits travelled on the roads over Easter weekend in 2014.
Take a look at our Easter family break suggestions for a little Easter Holiday 2015 inspiration.
It's comforting to know there are two bank holiday Mondays in May, aptly named: early May bank holiday and late May bank holiday.
Early May bank holiday, also known as May Day is a celebration of Spring. Outdoor festivities take place around the UK and as Winter is a distant memory, people start to jet off overseas, with low budget airlines expecting numbers over 450,000 just over the bank holiday weekends.
Of course this is also the case throughout the Summer months. Jet setters flock to the airport and those taking a holiday in the UK, take to the roads. There is an August bank holiday to take advantage of, which again sees a massive bank holiday exodus.
A whopping 44% of the country made their way to the beach for the August bank holiday last year.
As the nights draw in, Daylight Saving takes effect and the days are shorter. Youre spooked by the realisation that its a long stint now until Christmas, (or maybe it was the Halloween ghosts.) Guy Fawkes will keep the sparks flying until the festivities begin.
Christmas is another busy time for airports. Be it to visit friends and family or just to escape to sunnier climes, airports are seeing record numbers traveling abroad for a Christmas holiday.
Check out our Christmas family break ideas.
Christmas bank holidays can often cause a little confusion, with people unsure which of the celebrated days over the Christmas period are bank holiday entitlements.
If Boxing Day falls on a Saturday, the following Monday is a bank holiday. If Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, the following Monday and Tuesday are bank holidays.
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